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>> the 12 cubs, 6 boys and 6 girls, will be taken to a conservation center to live with adults. giant pandas have a very low fertility rate. not too good at mating. female pandas only become pregnant once a year and deliver three cubs at most each time. >> they're so cuddly. that's it for news 4 new york. "nbc nightly news" is next. on this saturday night, flood emergency. 15 million americans in the path of flash flooding tonight. so dangerous it caused a train to derail. parts of texas haven't seen this much rain in two decades. disaster diverted. the strongest hurricane ever recorded has come and gone. inside the raid. dramatic video obtained by nbc news appears to show the hostage rescue mission
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left a u.s. commando dead. three people killed and more than 30 injured after a suspected drunk driver plowed through a parade at oklahoma state university. and grand slam. the father and son duo who joined ed ed forces on the softball field is in a league of its own. "nightly news" begins now. good evening. we begin with two major weather stories tonight. hurricane patricia that barrelled ashore along mexico's pacific coast is the strongest hurricane ever recorded. the category 5 with sustained winds of 200 miles per hour. first first, a separate
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bringing catastrophic flooding to texas. flood watches extend from texas into louisiana effectively putting more than 15 million people in the south on high alert. we have the latest in houston. >> reporter: off the rails, a freight train overturns in texas after the track is sub submerged in flood waters near corsicana. >> corsicana just got inundated with so much rainfall. >> reporter: more than 18 inches turned roads into rivers. traffic at a standstill for 12 miles. some feared for their lives as flood waters swirled around them, trapping them in their cars. >> the car was being pushed by the wind and the rain was so heavy. and we cannot even see and we can't control the car. >> reporter: even with every resource on the road, first responders could barely keep up with the calls for help. >> i have a female and her 3-year-old
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daughter. she's advising that the water is in her vehicle. >> i've never seen it like this. i couldn't begin to tell do you how many high water rescues we've performed today and how many stranded motorists because they've been washed off the roadway. >> reporter: making travel difficult and dangerous. and more delays at texas airports tonight after hundreds of flights were cancelled friday. >> rainfall starting to pick up with some intensity. >> reporter: several funnel clouds were spotted this morning. >> take a look at this damage. this is the roof and this is some heavy-duty metal. >> reporter: now the focus is austin, san antonio, houston, and the texas coast as the remnants of patricia move closer. >> we know there will be some high water incidents. we have, of course, all of our first responders on notice that they may have to deploy. >> reporter: as much as ten inches of rain is predicted for south
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of flash flooding. the worst of the weather and the greatest potential for flash flooding comes in the next 12 to 14 hours when it's dark. and when authorities fear that drivers may not see the rising water or the barricades that are crossing off roads. back to you. >> thank you. what was once hurricane patricia has fallen apart after proven proving it had a larger bark than bite after leaving behind what is a little path of destruction. >> reporter: hurricane patricia plowed into mexico losing a little steam but still making 165 mile an hour winds, a record for if country -- the country's
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coast. >> it was like banging on the windows. the windows started to get foggy. it was just one of those moments where you're like, okay, okay, it's coming. we got to go. >> reporter: this is what hurricane patricia looked like from space and this is a look from a time lapse camera where we observed weather from the system. >> reporter: the storm is huge spanning a 170-mile stretch of mexico's popular coastline. more than 7 million people in this storm's path. the storm's strongest punches landed to the south of puerto vallarta. this man says part of his house was destroyed but he's grateful his family survived in a fishing village. a school was torn to pieces. >> this is the highway. you can see the damage was pretty extensive all the way out here too not just from the
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wind, but look at what the rain did. you can see an asphalt and concrete structure caving in from all of that rain. >> reporter: still mexico's president says the destruction is not nearly as catastrophic as many had feared. >> it kind of landed between those two populated areas and the two populated areas to the north and south really dodged a bullet. >> reporter: the storms winds accelerated from 85 miles an hour to 200 miles an hour, unprecedented growth fueled by el nino waters. the storm quickly weakened broken up by mexico's mountainous terrain. now the country is breathing a sigh of relief. airports have now reopened. officials say they are still no reports of any fatalities. they are urging people
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to remain cautious because of the risk of flooding and mudslides. >> we can see people already returning to enjoy themselves on the beach there in mexico. this is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded. thankfully very little damage from this, but explain the remnants of patricia, how that's going to impact the already soaked state of texas. >> it's moisture still has to rain itself out, but take a look at some of the records. the strongest hurricane on record. the lowest pressure ever recorded in the atlantic and the pacific and it is all because of el nino. within just 24 hours, it strengthened from a tropical storm up to a cat 5. just as quickly as it strengthened, it weakened as it moves over the mountainous terrain of mexico. there is a tornado watch along the coast. we already have in corsicana more than 20
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inches of rain have been falling. now the focus is going to shift to more of the coast in galveston as the remnants of patricia move through. we could end up with 10 inches of rain. monday and tuesday the biggest threat stretches into the louisiana where up to 7 inches of rain is possible. that could lead to flash flooding. >> thank you very much. we have obtained dramatic new body camera video of this week's hostage rescue mission at an isis prison that left a u.s. commando dead. >> reporter: the footage appears to show this joint u.s. -- kurdish raid on an isis prison last week. amid the sounds of gunfire, the hostages emerge, terrified and barefoot. their hands held up to
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bullet holes in the walls suggest there's been a gunfight. a voice in arabic yells for the hostages to keep moving. they do in filthy prison gowns. some appear stained in blood as they move to safety. the commandos inspect another room with a large isis flag. what sounds like american voices can be heard. an adjacent hallway is lined with what looked like prison cells. the troops move with skill and have american-made weapons. much is not shown in the footage, including the moment when american master sergeant joshua wheeler was shot. the first american to die in the war on isis. a war now fought like
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this, room to room, with americans engaged with kurdish fighters. a senior u.s. military official told us tonight he is aware of the footage and the successful rescue of so many hostages it shows is testament to master sergeant wheeler's bravery. >> thank you. and late word back here at home tonight a suspected drunk driver plowed through a crowd at oklahoma state homing university killing three people and injuring more than 30 others. >> all available units, all available units. we need you to respond. >> reporter: first responders found a chaotic scene. >> i need a bunch of help. >> reporter: witnesses say the car plowed into a parked police motorcycle and then into the crowd sending spectators flying. the driver was taken into custody charged
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with driving under the influence. >> the police department's accident reconstruction team is on scene. we treat these like we would any homicide investigation. >> reporter: on game day, tens of thousands of fans and their families converge onstill on on stillwater, especially for homecoming homecoming. >> it is probably one of the most wholesome happy events in the country. this is a terrible tragedy. >> reporter: this afternoon the oklahoma state cowboys face off against the kansas jay hawks, who took to twitter to show their support. our thoughts are with oklahoma state and those involved in the tragic accident this morning. of those injured, at least eight are critical. many of them were participating in today's parade. tonight, the
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democratic field of presidential candidates has converged for an annual fundraising dinner in iowa. it is hard to believe we're only 100 days to the iowa caucuses. two democrats dropped out and then donald trump losing some steam in the polls to gop rival ben carson. we have two reports tonight from the campaign trail and we begin in des moines. >> reporter: good evening. this is one of the most important days for iowa democrats in the entire election season. a political contest between campaigns to show how many supporters and how much enthusiasm they can turn out right now 100 days before the caucuses and by tradition that tells us that tonight's big speeches can make or break the candidates. with a line winding through downtown des moines, this is a test to show campaign spirit. not your everyday rally. hillary clinton's team
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star power, saving for this day husband bill clinton's first campaign stop here in iowa. >> i want to thank katy perry for coming here to sing. i want to thank all of you for showing up and for supporting her. >> reporter: to maximize crowd size, invited superstar hit her campaign theme. that's katy perry. clinton has hit a high note from vice president biden's decision to stay out of the race to great campaign debate to hill. >> this is the wealthiest country in the history of the world but most people >> reporter: to show off the grass roots
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strength that has made him a force in the race. trailing clinton and sanders, but still in the race is former maryland governor martin o'malley who made his own music. all three democrats seek tonight at iowa democrats premier event known as the jefferson-jackson dinner where in 2007 it was barack obama who shined overtaking clinton. that history only raises the stakes for this year's big show. kelly o'donnell. donald trump is taking target practice. >> you've got carson. i don't know what the hell is going on there. >> reporter: trump flipping to second in iowa. >> carson is lower energy that bush. >> reporter: carson is surging to the top spot there and telling chuck todd he won't engage in mud pit politics. >> in terms of energy, i'm not sure there's
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anybody else running who has spent 18 to 20 hours intently operating on somebody. >> reporter: carson eclipsed the rest of the gop field kpromt prompting a course direction by jeb bush. >> i've got a lot of really cool things i can do than sitting around miserable and demonizing people. that is a joke. elect trump if you want that. >> reporter: bush's frustration echoed by establishment republicans mystified by this race, including his own father. the former president tells friends i'm getting old at just the right time. >> for a lot of these folks, it just doesn't make any sense. it doesn't make any sense because in many ways the party has moved on without them. >> reporter: the bush patriarch meeting at a summit in texas. giving trump a yet
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another target. >> he's meeting today with mommy and daddy and they're working on their campaign. >> reporter: all this makes next week's debate a must watch. the question for bush can he deliver a strong performance to lift his standings? for trump, can the businessman lift up to expectations in what will be a business and economy-focused debate? >> thank you. also a must watch, chuck todd's interview with dr. ben carson tomorrow on "meet the press." what a star witness said on the stand this week in the
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>> reporter: and the rest of the team is all in. >> moe's pitching, we play as hard as we can. >> reporter: it's softball with a family ethos. >> there's nothing better. >> reporter: nope. nothing better. harry smith, nbc news, boston. >> way to go, moe. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday.


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